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Acne and Stressful Personalities: A Rorschach Study

Forty-one moderate to severe acne vulgaris patients from an acne treatment center were studied in order to determine: (1) personality (Rorschach) variables that characterize acne patients; (2) whether any of these variables serve to predict treatment outcome; (3) whether there is a relationship between recent stress and severity of acne; and (4) whether there is a relationship between compliance and treatment outcome. Subjects were administered the Rorschach, using Exner’s Comprehensive System.

Self-ratings of stress, compliance, and acne severity were obtained at each visit over a three month period, to determine possible correlations of these variables with treatment outcome (as measured both by self ratings and nurses’ ratings). Results showed adult acne patients to be significantly different (p < .0001) from the normative nonpatient Rorschach sample on thirteen personality variables.

Their scores were lower than the norms on the following eleven variables: R; D; FC; Sum C; Sum of weighted C; T+TF+FT; X+%; F+%; Afr; Blends; and frequency of EA > ep. Their scores were higher than the norms on two variables: S and (VBAR)Zd(VBAR) > 3. The adolescent acne subjects’ scores were significantly (p < .01) lower than the norms on six variables; D; T+TF+FT; X+%; F+%; Afr; and Cf+C+Cn. Neither stress nor compliance served to predict outcome. There were insufficient treatment outcome data to test whether any of the Rorschach variables predicted response to medical treatment.

How to Find the Right Grand Rapids Chiropractor

If you live in Grand Rapids, and you’re looking for a chiropractor, then the following information will be of great value to you. The first step in the process is determining what type of ailment you’re trying to treat. Chiropractors, like doctors, specialize in different types of injuries. For example, sports injuries. This is one area where you can narrow down your search without having to even interview the chiropractor in person.

Insurance Coverage

Cost is always a consideration for most people, and your search may be limited if your insurance company uses a network system. Most HMO plans use a network of professionals that accept their plan. Your choices will be limited to this list if you want your insurance to cover the fees. If your insurance covers out-of-network chiropractors, then just make sure you know what you’re responsible for as far as co-pays.

Credentials

If the chiropractor you’re interviewing has DC (Doctor of Chiropractic)after their name, then you can be assured that they have graduated from an accredited school with at least four years or more of studies.

State License: Each state has their own board exams as well as the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). To obtain a state license a chiropractor must pass these exams along with a degree from an accredited school.

Background Checks

If you want to dig a little deeper into the background of a potential chiropractor, then you can do so from the following list:

- Your insurance company.
- Your primary Doctor.
- Your state board examiners office.
- Personal references.

Years of Practice: For some people this is a big factor when searching for a chiropractor. We wouldn’t immediately discount a chiropractor solely based on this factor alone, there are other factors combined with this that will help you make your final choice.

Bedside Manners

Since you’re trusting your body in the hands of the Doctor you choose, you Must feel comfortable with their personality and demeanor. This is purely subjective based on your condition and expectations when you ask questions. Does the Doctor take the proper time to answer your questions? Does the Doctor take time to explain how the procedure works? Do you understand the explanations the Doctor is giving you? These are all things you must evaluate for yourself in the initial consultation. So, as mentioned it’s not just how long they have been practicing, but a combination of all these factors that contribute to finding the right chiropractor.

References

The best reference is one from someone who has had good results from a chiropractor you are considering. But this is not always possible, so you must trust your gut feelings based on the criteria above. In this case you do not want to get involved with any pre-paid treatment plans. These plans generally involve a package deal where you pay upfront, and it can be difficult to get your money back in the case that you don’t like the treatment after a session or two.

If you are looking for the right Grand Rapids chiropractor, visit http://www.grandrapidschiropractor.com for more information today.

Acne Remedies for College Students

leafy-greensThat first class of college is hardly a time to have zits taking over your face. And they way college students live with high stress and poor eating habits, they are all the more prone to get acne more often. Not to mention the hormone swings by being around so many good-looking coeds. Now before we get too far off topic, let’s take a look at some good home remedies and their application. We’ll also give a few healthy habits to help avoid acne in the first place.

Acne is a generally associated with too much fat intake, or a faulty fat metabolism. Good fatty acids such as Omega-3 and GLA fatty acids will help remedy this problem in addition to sesame seeds which are rich in oleic fatty acids. The best way to get a lot of oleic acid is through unrefined sesame oil, with wich you can serve as a salad dressing or a lower heat cooking oil.

Beta Carotene foods and those high in Vitamin A also help with inflammatory skin problems of all types, including acne.

Some example of foods high in beta carotene:

  • Carrots
  • Winter Squash
  • Leafy Greens such as Kale and others
  • Pumpkin
  • Spirulina
  • Blue-Green Micro-Algae

Other foods that will help you flush the excess fat from your system and help you break down the fat you tak in with your diet are also helpful.

They Include:

  • Cucumber
  • Mung Beans
  • Aduki Beans
  • Alfalfa Sprouts

If you want to continue to drink milk, the best option while you have acne is goats milk.

Also, you’ll want to eliminate or greatly reduce the following foods during an acne flare up, as they exacerbate your acne:

  • Spicy foods
  • Fatty foods
  • Greasy Foods
  • All sweets
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Oysters
  • Shrimp

These remedies should get you started on cleaning your body from the inside out. If you manage to change your diet, your acne will clear up, and, an added bonus, you’ll feel better and be able to think better so you can spend less time studying and still ace those college midterms and finals.

Stress, Acne, and the Menstrual cycle

Thirty-five college-age women (19 identified as “acne-prone” and 16 identified as “non-acne-prone”) filled out daily self-reports on stressful events, emotional and somatic changes, and number of facial acne lesions for 34-consecutive days. Menstrual cycle phases were determined for each woman.

The results indicated that stressful events, and in particular the perception of the impact of those events, had an important effect on the occurrence of acne lesions in the acne-prone group. Stress was a significantly less important factor in the occurrence of acne lesions in the non-acne-prone group. Acne-prone participants experienced no increase in acne lesions associated with menstrual cycle phase, while non-acne-prone participants experienced a flare-up of acne lesions associated with the premenstrual and menstrual phases.

In addition, while pain, water retention, and negative affect showed cyclic increases, there was no evidence of hyper-emotionality or hyper-responsivity to stress associated with the premenstrual or menstrual phases in either group. Stress increased emotional and somatic complaints throughout the menstrual cycle, but particularly during the intermenstrual phase in both groups. Limitations of the study, suggestions for future research, and counseling implications are discussed.